Jermell Charlo produced a stunning first-round knockout of Erickson Lubin to defend his WBC super-welterweight title in New York at the weekend.
The WBC champion uncorked a brutal uppercut in the opener and Lubin was rescued by the referee after just two minutes and 41 seconds at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Few punches of note were exchanged in the opening two minutes until Charlo dropped his opponent heavily with a huge right hand and referee Harvey Dock waved off the fight before helping Lubin back to his corner.
"They were giving him a lot of attention," Lubin told Showtime. "I was quiet the whole time. They said they were going to come take my title. I had to defend it.
"They didn't know what I was bringing into this and I think was worried about the wrong things."
Up until that point, the fight had been playing out as the high-level chess match between two skilled opponents, but towards the end of the round Lubin stepped in with his head low and Charlo caught him with a hard uppercut that put Lubin out cold. Well, almost cold. Lubin would try to get up but was too badly hurt at the time to beat the count.
Well, almost cold. Lubin did try to get up but was too badly hurt at the time to beat the count.
As if that savage knockout wasn't enough, Charlo rubbed further salt in the wounds by tweeting a video of the punch which ended the fight and continued to troll his fallen opponent.
Lubin would appear to be just fine a few minutes later but Charlo won with a highlight reel knockout finish. One that is being considered by some as the best KO of 2017 so far.
Next up, Charlo says he wants to unify the division by facing Jarrett Hurd, who also won on the night.
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